Tamil Nadu: Man kills self after losing 5 lakh in online rummy

A man hailing from Palayakkadu Rajamama area of ​​Tiruppur district committed suicide after incurring losses in online rummy. Suresh has been playing online rummy for past two years and lost INR 5 lakh which he saved for constructing a house. Following this he went into depression, reported Kalaignar Seithigal, He is survived by his wife Meena and two daughters.

The incident occurred when Suresh was alone at home. A police search found a letter written by Suresh seeking forgiveness. The letter also stated that he lost money playing online rummy game. Last week, a man in Chennai killed self after losing INR 20 lakh in online rummy game.

The Madras High Court on 3 August 2021 struck down in its entirety the amendment to the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act which banned online games including online rummy and online poker with stakes, in what many in India’s online gaming business described as a landmark verdict.

The Court said that by imposing a wide-ranging, complete ban, the amendment has failed the least intrusive test and fallen afoul of Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution. Court noted that the challenged amendment was capricious, irrational, excessive, and disproportionate.

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The government had filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on the matter. In the appeal, the government raised the issue of youth suicides due to online gambling addiction as one of the reasons for enacting a ban. In the neighbouring state Kerala, two teenage school going students committed suicide in the first two weeks of November due to online gaming addiction.